Res Publica by Alan Williamson
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Res Publica faithfully moves from the private to the public, from individual experience to civic responsibility through an elegy for the 1960s and the world that has become our own.


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Alan Williamson is professor of English at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of four books of poems, most recently "Love and the Soul" and "Res Publica," both published by the University of Chicago Press.
Published November 15, 1998 by University of Chicago Press. 82 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Many of the non-public poems search out the “Buddha-nature” in things ( cats, dinosaurs, asteroids), and Williamson’s tribute to Lowell and Peter Taylor (—giants in the earth—) builds to an anecdote taken wholesale from Lowell’s biography.

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A poet-critic driven to fuse oppositional notions--pop and literary, East and West coast, urbane and rural--Williamson (Love and the Soul) seems intent on showing how ""this life/ we hold in common, and possess no more/ than breath, finds its old channel."" Collective memories permeate this fourt...

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